Polymer Clay Canes for Beginners

27 videos, step by step, beginner cane workshop beginner Cane Tutorial What people are saying about this tutorial. jennifer rose Just finished this first workshop on how to make canes, and I must say I learned so much. This is exactly what I have been looking for, someone who could explain cane making in a step by step that process that I could replicate. I watched the videos, went into my studio and began to create all of the canes Alice showed. I finally have results I can be proud of, and I say thank you so much for doing this workshop. My only question now is when do we get more workshops. If you are only going to take one online class let it be this workshop. Thank you Alice for your hard work, and your dedication to helping others learn the joys of polymer clay.

Online Workshops with Alice Stroppel


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What Good is a Polymer Clay Blog Without Pictures?

“and what is the use of a book,”  thought  Alice, “without pictures or conversations”. ( Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll )

Metamorphosis - Meta for short

Metamorphosis - Meta for short

That’s how I feel about a blog about polymer clay! What good is it without pictures?

I haven’t been working too much with clay over Christmas and didn’t have any pictures to show you. I still don’t. But I wanted to post something, to let you know I’m thinking of lots of things to do and share. So I’m posting something I did 5 or 6  years ago, maybe more (another one of those that I didn’t date).

She was an accident of sorts. The front of her body came about when I ran the clay through the pasta machine. It just accordioned itself to look like a caterpillar to me. Made me think of Alice in Wonderland. So I had no choice but to use it in some way in honor of Alice.  Thus Meta was born.

I have never been able to duplicate the way that clay came out of the pasta machine. I wish I could. But I’m happy I made something out of it instead of mushing it up and running it through again.

Sometimes life hands you something that you may think you didn’t want, but if you can look at it from another angle, chances are it’s something you could use after all.

Thank you all for visiting, for commenting and for linking my blog to yours. It’s been so much fun getting to know some of you. I hope to meet more of you through this blog in the coming year.

Have a Happy New Year everyone! It’s going to be a wonderful year!

9 comments to What Good is a Polymer Clay Blog Without Pictures?

  • I so agree, I am amazed at all the blogs and such I review for my site and what no picture….i need PRETTIES to look at ! Another great post Alice !

  • Alice

    Thanks Tina, you are featuring some wonderful artists on you blog. I wish I could leave a comment there. Blogspot blogs just won’t let me. But I do check in with you there often.

  • aims

    What an odd way for your clay to come out of your machine Alice!

    And your wiggly worm does look really cute!

    You know I’m getting nothing but lemons here – and lemonade is only for the summer – guess I’ll just compost it all. Good earth will come out of that in the spring won’t it? Well supposedly.

  • Alice

    Aimee, I make a fabulous lemon pie and that’s good all year long. So there you go.

    It was a weird thing, then I took the guards off the pm and never had it happen again.

  • Yeah that is weird how it came out. I’m still trying to figure out why it did that. It could possibly of happened if one roller was turning and the other wasn’t, but that doesn’t account for it not happening again.

    Must have happened so that you could make this extremely cool caterpillar! :-)

  • I love your caterpillar and its bright colors! And a perfect name for her as well. I know what you mean about not working with clay over the holidays and not having anything to blog about, but yet you were able to publish something. I really like your blog. Thanks for linking to my blog.

  • Alice

    Thanks Cindy, I know it was weird…It was so long ago I can’t really remember why, but I think it had something to do with the guards and the fact that tons of clay had gathered in them. They clay just kind of stuck on the sides. I no longer have the guards and thank to Desiree all those years ago and her instruction’s for cleaning the pm, I clean my pm often now.

  • Alice

    Oh thank you Lupe, my pleasure. I was blown away by your necklace on your blog. Beautiful!

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    We are exploring the Hidden Treasures of Polymer Clay with Christi Friesen, Maureen Carlson and Penni Jo Couch. Christi Friesen will work her magic with polymer clay and resin in her creative waterfall project. Maureen Carlson will take you on an adventure into storyland and help you create your own story necklace using polymer clay and alcohol inks. Penni Jo Couch will take you into the world of stitches and flourishes, molding forms and buttons and iron-on glass jewels to create your very own polymer clay sampler. There will be demos with Linda Hess, Kathleen Davis and Nancy Welch throughout the day and evening as they share their secrets and talents with all the attendees.

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